A loan of $700 helped purchase a display case and notebooks.

Mariana De Jesus's story

Mariana is a 64-year-old woman who lives in a peri-urban zone in el Paraíso de Guayaquil. Her house is made of bamboo, and the only utility she has is electricity. Ever since her divorce, she had to look after her 6 children. She invested all of her savings in buying provisions and in converting the front part of her house into a small store using bamboo.

From then on, she has supported herself and her children with the earnings from her store. At present, she lives with only one daughter who helps her when she comes home from work. Mariana works from 5:00am until 11:00pm every day.

With this loan, she would like to purchase a display case and notebooks for her shop. In the future, she wants to continue restocking her business and remain in good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian

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